He may play on the West Coast and this may be Vikings country, but it hasn't stopped Colin Kaepernick making waves in Minneapolis by donating to a city nonprofit.
The 49ers quarterback has pledged to donate the first $1 million of his earnings this season to organizations that promote racial equality, and Appetite for Change in north Minneapolis was among those to get a $25,000 donation in December.
On his website, Kaepernick says his donation will be split five ways, with Appetite for Change using it to introduce 100 percent organic ingredients in its monthly workshops, add one new urban farm plot to its portfolio, develop a nutritional curriculum for its youth training program, increase its staff, and raise awareness of their organization.
Kaepernick has proved a controversial figure in the NFL this year, with his decision to kneel during the national anthem as a way of protesting racial inequality and oppression proving a divisive statement among football fans.
Following this stance, which was copied by several other black NFL stars, the quarterback announced he'd donate a seven-figure sum this year to charities fighting inequality, ESPN reports.
What is Appetite for Change?
The nonprofit based on W. Broadway St. say it uses food "as a tool to build health, wealth and social change" in one of Minneapolis' most deprived areas.
It runs workshops for local youths, teaching them about urban farming and food preparation with a view to encouraging them to follow a career into the food service industry, and operates the Breaking Bread Cafe and Catering on West Broadway.
It hit the headlines last month with the release of the following YouTube music video "Grow Food," which was compiled by those taking part in its summer 2016 program and has been viewed more than 250,000 times.
The video points out that the food northsiders are eating have a much more detrimental effect on their lives than gun crime and drugs, with Appetite for Change saying it hopes the song "inspires you to explore new ways to eat, cook and grow food."